Prima Classical Coaching strives to provide the highest level of dance education. The Vaganova method remains as the pillar of our training method, while drawing on other techniques and training methods to provide a well-rounded dance education. We are excited to announce our exceptional teachers and professionals joining our faculty.
Emily Broeker grew up dancing in Minneapolis and obtained her B.A. in dance with distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has performed professionally in Minneapolis and Chicago with companies such as Buckets And Tap Shoes, Chicago Tap Theatre, Flying Foot Forum, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and Keane Sense Of Rhythm. As a choreographer, Emily has had her work featured in the shows Rhythmically Speaking and Rooted: A Hip-Hop Choreographer's Evening. Emily's greatest passion is dance instruction, and she has been teaching for a period of 11 years.To expand her knowledge of dance pedagogy, she regularly attends professional development trainings such as the Breaking Boundaries Dance Teacher Workshop and More Than Just Great Dancing Teacher Training. Emily is certified to teach Level 1 Giordano Jazz Technique and Progressing Ballet Technique. She loves to witness the growth and passion for dance of each student!
Joanna Mednick was born in San Francisco, California, and trained at City Ballet School, San Francisco, California, under the direction of Damara Bennett. During her sophomore year in high school, Joanna was a Coca-Cola scholarship recipient at the American Ballet Theater School in New York City. After her training at City Ballet School, Joanna joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2000 as an apprentice and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2001. After seven years at the San Francisco Ballet, Joanna joined the Corps de Ballet at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Shortly after joining Dutch National Ballet, she was promoted to Coryphee and then again to Grand Sujet. After 10 years of dancing with the Dutch National Ballet, Joanna retired from her professional career in 2017. Joanna has worked with the top ballet choreographers from around the world and is excited to share her diverse knowledge in Ballet with aspiring young dancers.
Yuki Tokuda, originally from Japan, and was trained under Mikiko Dei,Hideo Fukagawa and Jun Ishii, internationally recognized dancers, teachers and competition judges. She moved to the US in 2000 to continue her training in New York at the Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Tokuda has danced professionally with USA Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Metropolitan Balle tand she was the principal dancer at Continental Ballet for 7 years. With diverse training in classical, contemporary, modern and jazz, she is an international guest dancer and collaborator with many companies, including Minnesota’s James Sewell Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre. While training in New York, Ms. Tokuda’s instructors included David Howard, John Prinz, Fabrice Herrault, and Michael Vernon. At Steps on Broadway in New York she was one of the first International Visa Program students. She has also, trained with Boston Ballet and Connecticut Ballet. She has performed many principal roles, most notably in: Le Corsaire, Don Quixote Pas de Deux, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle. Ms. Tokuda is a faculty member at Minnesota Dance Theatre and a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. She has taught many master classes in Japan and the US including at Cathedral Dance Festival and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her choreography was chosen for
Choreographer’s Evening at The Walker Arts Center and commissioned by Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Wooddale Church, Cerulean Fire, Japan America Society of Minnesota and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing
Artists. She is a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board and St. Louis Park Arts & Culture Grant. She is a co-director with Rie Tanaka of Mirage Performing Arts which mission is envision to enrich and enhance both cultures of Classical Music and Ballet. She is the owner/designer of Yukitard.
Andrea's professional performing career spans over 25 years. A graduate from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division, she has continued to evolve in contemporary and musical theater styles, in such productions as Celine Dion's "A New Day," Cirque du Soleil's "Viva Elvis," and "Chicago" International tour. A current resident of Minneapolis MN, she has most recently performed at the Guthrie Theater ("West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls," "Cyrano de Bergerac"), Chanhassen Dinner Theaters ("Holiday Inn," "Music Man"), The Ordway ("Smokey Joe's Cafe"), and in several Collide Theatrical's original jazz dance musicals.
Andrea has choreographed for several regional theaters and studios across North America and has taught master classes internationally in ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, Fosse style (Broadway Across America), and Mindful Movement. A movement mentor, certified in Clinical Somatic Education, Franklin MethodⓇ, and AiM - Anatomy in Motion, her focus is to guide an embodied and efficient way of moving, facilitating a deeper understanding of functional movement and dance technique in every style, for every mover.
Noah graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in musical theater and an emphasis in dance. He has studied dance under the mentorship of Jane Lanier, Jumanne Taylor, Sarah Reich, Tammy Mader, Cathy Wind, and Ellen Keane and is currently teaching dance and choreographing across the greater twin cities area. Noah has been a company member in Stone Soup Rhythms at the American Rhythm Center, the Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, Keane Sense of Rhythm’s Youth Tap Ensemble, and Elite Tap Feet. Noah was recently seen in the Twin Cities dancing in Michael Heitzman and Jared Grimes’ production of 42nd Street at the Ordway. When not dancing Noah can be found singing, acting, working on film projects, and playing yo-yo. He has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Old Log Theater, History Theater, Porchlight Music Theatre, the Chicago Fringe Opera, and toured nationally with Troupe America.